The magnificent Bradley House in Wiltshire was the setting for an intimate winter wedding on a Sunday afternoon for a beautifully chic French bride and her English beau. The wedding day stylishly mixed the couple’s nationalities with morning suits, afternoon tea, champagne and calissons d’Aix.
It may look warm and sunny, but let me assure you this lasted for little more than an hour and then the blustery chill of a storm moved swiftly in! I think this Bradley House winter wedding was one of my coldest ever and the bride and groom portraits outside were the fastest ever shot before we returned inside with numb fingers to the warmth of the house!
The whole day was a real family affair with everyone lending a hand and perhaps the most relaxed bride ever. I arrived to find her offering everyone a glass of champagne and helping her grandmother cut some flowers, completely unfazed by the excitement and activity. I loved how the bride eschewed colour to warm up her winter wedding and fearlessly went for a white bouquet of white anemones, roses, gypsophila and ivy as it looked so beautifully cool and elegant.
The bride loved my clean, but traditional style of photography, particularly black & white as it suited her french sense of style and although when we first met at the Quintessentially Weddings atelier at Claridge’s, she told me she was feeling very anxious about being photographed, she soon relaxed for her bridal portraits. A beautiful full skirted tulle gown by Sassi Holford and professional hair & make up will really help the most nervous of brides to feel more confident in front of the camera!
The couple said their vows in a traditional ceremony at the village church directly next to the house, before returning to a champagne reception,followed by a traditional English afternoon tea and speeches.